London’s best BBQ spots

Nothing says summertime quite like basking in the scorching sun with a beer in hand, and the smoky scent of grilled food wafting through the air. But with a hefty ban on barbecuing throughout a large portion of parks in London, you may feel that your hopes of grabbing some al fresco grub are in danger of going up in smoke.

Fear not – we’ve compiled a trusty list of the Capital’s best BBQ hotspots, where you can ensure that your summer is sizzling.

Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn

Lincoln's Inn Fields LondonWho thought BBQing in Central London is possible? This green oasis is just a stone’s throw from Holborn station and is a favourite for weekday office lunchers. As it’s part of Camden council, BBQs are allowed but you might want to pick the weekend or outside of lunch times, for a bit more space. And don’t take the disposable kind of BBQ. With loads of supermarkets around, you won’t be short of supplies either!

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Cantelowes Gardens, Camden

Family BBQ in the park

Situated less than half a mile away from Camden’s trendy market, Cantelowes Gardens boasts a picturesque spot to rustle up some flavoursome fare. With a skatepark, sports facilities and two children’s playgrounds on-site, fun in the sun is guaranteed.  Make sure you bring along a portable, reusable coal barbecue as all other types are a no-no.

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Russell Square, Bloomsbury

Russell Square LondonWhen it comes to savouring mouthwatering BBQ delights in London, Russell Square might not be the first place that comes to mind. Typically associated with lost tourists and bustling academics on their lunch breaks, this central location also offers an unexpected treat for BBQ enthusiasts during the summertime. Despite its unconventional reputation, Russell Square serves as a prime spot for smouldering charcoal grills. However, it’s important to note that disposable BBQs are strictly prohibited in this area, promoting sustainability and encouraging visitors to opt for reusable charcoal setups.

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Waterlow Park, Highgate

Waterlow Park Highgate

Think breathtaking sights of the city while snacking on a skewer or two at this superb stop-off.  Lie beside the peaceful lakes or kick back in the shade of Waterlow Park’s tree-laden surrounds if you’re after a little shut-eye. Reusable charcoal barbecues are permitted but disposable and gas barbecues are not.

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